Is This a Scam? 6 Warning Signs of a Shoddy Health Insurance Plan

The Trump administration recently made some changes to health insurance policies—including the loosening of rules for short-term health plans and association health plans—that will increase your choices of health plans in 2019. While more options may seem like good news, be aware that healthcare-related robocall scams are up 10 fold since these policies were announced….

Antiviral Medications for the Flu – Here Are Your 4 Options

The flu, or seasonal influenza, is a respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. While there is no real treatment, four antiviral options exist that will shorten the duration of your flu and perhaps make it less serious. We’ll break down the options here. First, the basics Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs…

Current Treatments for Mild to Severe Eczema

Eczema is a common skin problem that is managed but never really cured. This means you’ll want to know what to do for skin dryness, redness, oozing, crusting and itching. The goals of treatment of eczema are to reduce the symptoms of itching and redness. So, what works and is there anything new? First steps…

Sherry Says She has “Good” Insurance – Except It’s a High-Deductible Health Plan

“We have pretty good insurance, but the prescription portion isn’t that good until we meet our deductible.” Sherry and her husband, Scott, are just two of the 43.7% of Americans who have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), finding themselves stuck with high prescription drug costs until they hit their deductible. Because they both have multiple…

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying Individual Health Insurance for 2019

It’s time to choose a health insurance plan for the coming year again. And with drug prices going through the roof and more drugs being dropped from coverage each year, it’s that much more important to choose a plan wisely. Before we go into whether or not you should even purchase health insurance on your…

These 10 Medications Can Hurt Your Esophagus (and Cause Heartburn)

Esophagitis is when your esophagus, the part of your throat that leads to your stomach, gets injured and irritated. It can feel like chest pain behind your sternum, heartburn, pain with swallowing, or like food is stuck in your throat. Medications, especially certain antibiotics and osteoporosis drugs, are common culprits. These 10 medications cause direct…

FDA Approves Hyrimoz, the Third Biosimilar for Humira

The FDA just approved Hyrimoz, manufacturer Sandoz’s new biosimilar for the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Humira. This is the third Humira biosimilar to be approved by the FDA. Back in 2016, the FDA approved Amjevita, followed by Cyltezo in 2017. Unfortunately, none of these biosimilars are available in pharmacies yet, and may not be for…

Merck Drops Price for Hepatitis C Drug by 60%: GoodRx Monthly Report

Finally, some good news. This past October, amid efforts by the Trump administration aimed at improving drug price transparency, prices for some popular drugs dropped drastically. According to the GoodRx Index, drug manufacturer Merck reduced the list price for Zepatier by 60% and six other drugs by around 10% each. The GoodRx Index also showed…

Treating Menopause Symptoms: Which Non-Hormonal Therapies Really Work?

While hormone treatments are the most effective medications for menopausal symptom relief, the thought of them potentially causing breast cancer, stroke or heart disease gives many patients pause. As it turns out, there are many well-studied alternatives to hormones for menopause symptoms. Whether you have insomnia, irritability or vaginal dryness, let’s take a look at…

FDA Recalls Yet Another Blood Pressure Drug Due to Contamination Concerns

The FDA is alerting patients of a recent recall of irbesartan, an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) used to treat heart disease. Tests showed that the recalled lots, manufactured by SciGen Pharmaceuticals, contain a possible human carcinogen. This is the second recall this year where a cancer-causing agent was found in an ARB heart medication….